SONIC FASHION
artistic research project

granted by the Swedish Research Council / Vetenskapsrådet / Nr. 2021-01399 

Fashion is primarily a visual ontology consisting of definitions, theories, and methods that are based on visual language. This three years research project aims to expand the discourse of fashion by approaching it from a new and very different—sonic—perspective wherein sound is considered not as a negative aspect but as a potential source of a new theory and facilitator of the evolution of new methods. As there is a lack of design methods for sonic textiles and sonic clothing, the research will be taking this direction for this specific research project. The research is designed to explore and design new sonic textiles by using 3D printing on textiles technology (year 1), investigate complex sonic expressions of the dress in relation to the body (year 2), and develop the methodological guidelines for designing the sonic expressions (year 3). The mentioned components will result in the foundations for the unique design methods and tools that could be used for educational purposes. The research will employ the most suitable methods, such as embodied design ideation, sound documentation, research workshops, co-creation with visually impaired people and students from textile and fashion design, sound and performance art. Nevertheless, the research purpose is to facilitate

long-term effect—inclusive fashion education that would consider non-visual aesthetics as

a part of the education program.

Research project Sonic Fashion leader: Dr. Vidmina Stasiulyte, an expert within non-visual, sensory aesthetics, a pioneer of a unique discipline—Sonic Fashion.

The composition of the project team: kinaesthetic and somaesthetics, Dr. Linnea Bågander, textile engineer in 3D printing, Dr. Razieh Hashemi Sanatgar, and co-designing sonic textiles with visually impaired people, Dr. Emilie Giles, enables the project to achieve high-quality results.

Research place—the research environment for the project comprises the main facility at the University of Borås (HB): the Swedish School of Textiles (THS) and Science Park Borås (SPB).